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Relearning the Ropes

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Marcus will have to set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes to be the Dom Charlie needs. When his good friend Julius dies unexpectedly, Marcus finds himself saddled with a new submissive–Charlie. But Charlie comes with a history, and more pain and need than Marcus has ever encountered. Marcus knows he loves Charlie, and Charlie loves him, but Marcus mus ...more
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Published (first published September 1st 2011)
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Serena Yates
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
For such a relatively short story, this one carries quite a punch. It may be set in a BDSM context, and submission, even bondage, definitely play a role, but I did not feel that was the primary focus of the story. It was more like a starting point, or a common frame of reference, for the two main characters to begin working their way toward a relationship. It was quite interesting to follow Marcus’s reasoning in how the Dom tried to figure out how to make Charlie happy. For that is his primary g ...more
Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

With lovely wording and genuine feeling, D.C. Juris has a tendency of putting real characters into his stories, who are often faced with very difficult situations. Keeping the same level of ‘real life' immersed into all the pages is not always easy and an author who still does it should be on your reading list.

That said, RELEARNING THE ROPES is another short one from this author, where two men fight to find b
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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OH! It's so good!

I've mentioned a time or two before that I love the work of DC Juris. I do. As soon as I see a new title, I have to have it. This book was no exception and man was it a HOT read. As always, the writing flowed well. There are twists and turns that made me need to know what would happen next. I laughed, cried and had my share of the happy shivers. There are damaged characters, lots of sweaty sex, and characters I won't
Toni Dewberry
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Definitely
Relearning the Ropes by DC Juris...

The untimely passing of one man has set the stage for two people, who are in completely different mind frames, to come together.

Marcus, a Dom, has been asked to take over the care of his dear friend Julius' sub, Charlie. Marcus knows Charlie and his past, and worries about his frame of mind now that Julius is gone.

Charlie, is a unique sub in the aspect that he has lived a life of abuse and inner loneliness. Once he is rescued by Julius, things start to turn aro
Sammy Goode
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Relearning the Ropes is a story of healing, of hope and of love finally acknowledged.

Charlie is a broken man who requires a deft hand--a man--a Dom who can not only take him to the place where he can release his inner demons but a partner who can navigate the emotional minefield that is Charlie's heart. A former abused sex slave, Charlie has baggage--lots. Add to that the fact that his dom, who was a best friend to his new dom Marcus, has recently died and you have one hurting individual.

Emma Sea
It was written well, but I just felt there was this huge tragedy behind the character of Charlie, and this prevented me from loving the story as much as I wanted to. Also, I was confused because (view spoiler). There was a lot in there for a very short story. I wasn't sure what the point of the party was, as the story didn't explore any of the issue ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Marcus is a Dom, who has no interest in a live in, full time sub. This becomes an issue when his good friend Julius dies, leaving Marcus the care of Charlie. Charlie has had a horrific past, having been a sex slave since the age of 15, and having led a life a abuse until Julius (aided by a large loan from Marcus) buys him. Charlie was with Julius for two years and during the time Marcus has fallen in love with the very submissive, very pain seeking Charlie. It is up to his new Dom to find the ba ...more
Kiru Taye
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Betrayed by D.C. Juris D.C. Juris became an automatic buy for m-m romance. While this story is an lighter, easier and quicker read than Betrayed, I enjoyed the interaction between Marcus and Charlie. This is a story about two lovers discovering how to be with each other. It is more a romantic read than an erotic one. And sometimes, that's all you need. :)
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, bdsm, pdf
This is a lovely short story about an abused sub and his new Dom after the death of his previous Dom.

Charlie has been greatly damaged after having been sold to a sex slave ring at age 15. He was repeatedly abused until he belonged to Julius. When Julius dies in an accident, his friend Marcus is left with Charlie. Even though he never wanted a live-in sub, Marcus does love Charlie and because of that love, he is determined to make the situation work.

Enjoyable quick read.

Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, gay, bdsm, short, ebook, romance
Good short kinky m/m romance about a dom who inherits a fulltime sub when his friend dies and finds he has to reevaluate how he deals with the young man. This really needed to be longer for the amount of potential story!
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but nice, recommended for BDSM fans who like emotion with their kink.
Dianne Hartsock
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love Charlie and am so glad he's with someone-finally-who will take care of him and love him the way he needs to be.
Tamarrion Lash
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
Если бы взять этот рассказ, да превратить его в нормальную книгу, то пара звездочек ему бы прибавилась. А так какое-то недоразумение, с потенциалом, но не более того.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
While I liked this story, I felt like it would have been better if it were longer as there are a few loose ends.
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An out and proud bisexual transgender man, DC Juris moved to New York State in 2001 for a real-life romance. By day he is a mild-mannered office manager, by night a passionate writer of all types of romance. He lives in Upstate New York with his husband, two dogs, four cats, and a menagerie of Halloween props just creepy enough to keep people guessing about his sanity. Which is just the way he lik ...more